The new Shimoni Core Primary Teachers’ College (PTC) is open at a new location, Kira town council, four years after its structures were destroyed to make way for a five-star hotel.
While the hotel is yet to be built, Education Minister Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire was excited that Shimoni was now in a more spacious environment in Kitikifumba village, Kira.
“The older campus was squeezed out on four acres; now we have a 25-acre campus that will accommodate 450 students initially,” she said while commissioning the college on January 5.
Recalling the cries in the wake of the eviction in 2006, Bitamazire dismissed the criticism as uncalled for. “Many of you will recall that the relocation of Shimoni Core PTC was highly politicized and prophets of doom did not expect the college to live again. But today I invite you to celebrate its completion,” she said.
The ministry has spent Shs 8bn acquiring the land and building a new college, which now features a multi-purpose hall, external kitchen, four classroom blocks, eight dormitories, a library block, science block, principal’s house and three semi-detached tutors’ storeyed blocks.
Construction, by Adams Engineering Services Ltd, took 21 months, under strict supervision from the education ministry PS Francis Xavier Lubanga.
Shimoni Core PTC started in 1952 as a Teachers’ Training College, located off Nile Avenue. In 1996 it became a Core PTC, in charge of coordinating centres in Mukono, Kayunga, Wakiso and Kampala. Following its relocation in 2006, students were sent to St John Bosco Nyondo Core PTC campus in Mbale.
The new principal, Sam Enyutu, acknowledged the support from his counterpart in Mbale and promised to raise the standards.
Bitamazire also said a review of teacher education is underway and trainee teachers would soon be exposed to ICT skills and Kiswahili to make Ugandans more relevant to the East African common market.